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FIGURE 1. HTML-PHP-MySQL interface.

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FIGURE 2. Single specimen page.

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FIGURE 3. Species page detail.

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FIGURE 4. Genus page detail.

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FIGURE 5. Contributor page detail.

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FIGURE 6. Key to benthic species entry page.

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FIGURE 7. Key to planktonic species entry page.

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FIGURE 8. Localities entry page.

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hesemannMichael Hesemann. Foraminifera.eu Project, Waterloostrasse 24, 22769 Hamburg, Germany. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michael Hesemann graduated 1984 (economics) from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim and works as head of finance, administration and IT in a mid-sized company. Since 2007 he studies foraminifera as an avocational scientist in the AG Mikropaläonotologie of the Naturwissenschaftlicher Verein Hamburg. In 2007 he founded the foraminifera.eu project together with the long-time avocational foraminiferologists Dieter Ketelsen and Karl-Otto Bock with support by Georg Rosenfeldt, running a SEM. Its mission is to foster the interest in foraminifera and support anybody in their study on a non-commercial basis. He runs the foraminifera.eu project with its 110+ contributors, exhibitions, talks, field trips and meetings. Since 2008 he is working on the design, programming and data-entry of the foraminifera.eu database. He attended in 2008 and 2013 the International School on Foraminifera in Urbino. He presented the foraminifera.eu project at international scientific meetings (e.g. FORAMS 2010 in Bonn, TMS joint Foraminifera and Nannofossil meetings in Krakow 2011 and Prague 2013) at museums, institutes on micropaleontology and events for avocational scientists.

 

TABLE 1. Useful data attributes as seen by different user groups and availability. Interest: *** high; ** medium; * little; - no; ? needs to be investigated.

Attribute Beginner Avocational Scientist Student BSc, MSc, PhD Senior Scientist Collection Manager Contributor Availability
IDENTIFICATION *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Genus *** *** ** ** *** *** ***
Species
Author, Year
*** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Higher
classification
** ** ** * * ** **
Synonyms
Genus and Species
* * *** ** ** ** *
Source of
Identification
* *** *** ** * *** *
Importance of specimen
e.g., type-specimen
* ** *** *** *** *** ***
KEY TO SPECIES ** ** *** * ** *** **
Wall material * ** *** * ** *** **
Chamber arrangement ** ** *** * ** *** **
Text description *** *** ** ** ** *** *
More detailed

features

** ** *** * ** *** *
VISUALIZATION *** *** ** ** ** *** *
Illustration
quality + amount
*** *** ** ** ** *** **
TIME RANGE ** ** ** * * ** **
period *** *** *** ** *** *** **
age, stage *** *** *** ** *** *** **, *
formation - ** *** *** ** *** *
LOCALIZATION ** *** *** *** *** *** *
Locality of the Sample *** *** *** *** *** *** ***
Geographical distribution ** *** *** *** ** ** -/?
Faunal distribution * *** *** *** * ** -/?
TECHNICAL              
Collection related data - * * ** *** *** **
Illustration type * * * * * * ***

TABLE 2. List of attributes. Attributes used for the technical database management are not listed. ¹ values are not set for all data-records; ² only used for planktonic species; ³only used for benthic species.

Taxonomy Distribution and Geological Time Morphology Morphology continued Technical and literature
Class Period Wall material Overall appearance ¹ ³ Collection / Contributor
Subclass Epoch Coiling Wall material ¹ ³ Inventory number ¹
Order Age ¹ non-/spinose ¹ ² Chamber Arrangement¹ ³ Type of illustration
Family Formation ¹ Wall Micro-structure ¹ ² Chamber Form ¹ ³ Amount of images to be shown
Genus First Occurrence Date ¹ ² Wall Texture ¹ ² Position of primary aperture ¹ ³ Author(s) / Editor(s)
Species Last Occurrence Date ¹ ² Chamber Arrangement ¹ ² Aperture Form ¹ ³ Title
named by Ocean Continent Height of Spire ¹ ² Type of Sutures ¹ ³ Year
Genus ¹ (Synonym) Area Umbilical Depth ¹ ² Ornamentation ¹ ³ Journal (Volume, Issue)
Species ¹ (Synonym) Country Chamber Form ¹ ² Projections ¹ ³ Publisher ¹
named by ¹ (Synonym) Locality Keel ¹ ²   Publication deals with epoch
Reliability of Identification Remarks on Locality Tooth Teeth ¹ ²    
Type specimen benthic Lip ¹ ²    
Reference (see Literature) planktonic      

TABLE 3. List of material (illustrations and data) integrated as of July 2015. SM= Scientific Monograph; TSC= Type Specimen Collections; SA=Scientific Articles; PS=from processed samples.

Type Contributor/Publication Subject Data records
SM Bossard, D. 19thcenturyscience.org.: (Brady, 1884) recent 1,479
SM Frenzel, P.: (Frenzel, 2000) Benthics, Cretaceous 557
SM, SA Geological Survey of Austria: (Papp and Schmidt, 1985), (Gebhardt, 2010) Miocene, type specimens 519
SA Grzybowski Foundation: (Setoyama et al., 2011), (Szarek et al., 2000), (Neagu, 2000) Agglutinates ~390
TSC American Museum of Natural History, New York type specimens 270
TSC Geological Survey of Austria, Vienna: (Gebhardt, 2010) type specimens 195
TSC Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Washington type specimens 111
SA IOPD, ODP and DSDP scientific results publications all 820
SA various professional junior to senior scientific contributors all ~1,700
PS various avocational and professional scientists, own samples all ~3,770
    TOTAL: 9,800+